“A great all-mountain loop that's a fun mix of singletrack and doubletrack in a bite size package.
— Theodore Barkley
A fun, not too challenging loop, that offers flowy descents and an enjoyable singletrack climb at the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area.
Need to Know
- Portions of Mount Laguna Recreation Area fall within U.S. Forest Service jurisdiction and require vehicles parked within its boundaries to display an Adventure Pass.
- If you're looking to add some mileage, consider making a figure-eight loop by adding the Gatos Spur and returning on the Escondido Spur for the ride back down Redtail Roost Loop Spur - West.
Redtailed Roost Loop Spur is a varying double and singletrack loop. If you take the trail counterclockwise (as mapped), the initial downhill on Redtail Roost Loop Spur - East
has some great flow and contains opportunities for you to test your abilities on a number of log features. The singletrack end at the Escondido Ravine Road
. Turn left to follow this doubletrack fire access road for less than a mile of easy descending down the Escondido Ravine.
At the intersection with the Escondido Spur
keep left on the road until it reaches the Redtail Roost Loop Spur - West
. Follow this singletrack south as it cuts up a ridgeline back to the trailhead at the Mt. Laguna School.
If you ride this in reverse (West Spur first), you'll enjoy stepped downhill flow until you reach Escondido Ravine Road
. After that, you'll have an extended uphill ride via Redtail Roost Loop Spur - East
as you grind yourself out of the ravine until you return back to the trailhead.